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sense of things, but sometimes we're standing at a moment of helpless and sorrow. there comes a point where we realize it's in bigger hands. >> that's going to have to be it. thank you very much. make sure you have a weekend. i'll see you back here saturday and sunday night and monday night, as well at 10:00 p.m. for our special report. stay with us all weekend for the latest on the search. "ac 360" starts right now. coast of the united states, 11:00 a.m. on australia's west coast. ships are zeroing in on the new area mapped out just 24 hours ago. objects were spotted by five aircraft earlier todd. it is potentially the most promising lead in three weeks since the boeing 777 with 239 people on board vanished on that
flight from kuala lumpur to beijing. tonight, we'll hear from a naval commander involved in the search, take you aboard america's p-8 poseidon, and we'll demonstrate the technology that those so-called black boxes use to lead searchers to them. first, the latest from just outside perth. >> reporter: we can hear the turboprops of a military plane starting up here at the air base. we don't have the official schedule of what the search is going to look like. but we know they are going to be heading to the new search area, which has already revealed some intriguing clues. five planes, including this american p-8 poseidon cnn was aboard, spotted possible debris in a new search area today, raising hope crews are closer to what could be the final resting place of malaysian airlines flight 370. >> the objects are very
distinctive and definitely man made objects. >> reporter: among the things spotted, white objects, orange rope, and a blue bag. and what of the other debris satellite images picked up earlier in the week hundreds of miles away from the new search site? it depends on who you ask. australian authorities now say after further analysis, they can't be from the plane. but the malaysians aren't as quick to discount the possibility. >> because of ocean drift, this new search area could still be consistent with the potential objects identified by previous satellite images over the past week. >> reporter: the new search area was determined after information gathered from radar and satellite about the plane's speed and fuel usage led investigators to believe it traveled faster and therefore not as far as originally thought. there are some upsides to the new search zone compared to the old one. it's closer to land, which gives planes more time for
surveillance on site. the waters aren't as deep and the weather which suspended searches for two days over the past week, isn't as extreme. but there are down sides, too. the ocean floor is more rugged in some places, which could hinder locating the flight data recorder and therefore the actual wreckage. still officials remain upbeat. >> the staearch area has moved t of the roaring 40s. we'll see what that does when the retasking of satellites starts to produce new material, as well. >> reporter: leaving plenty for ships to comb through. >> what is it like on board the aircraft? >> reporter: it was amazing. this moment when they thought that they might have discovered some debris, stop possible debris, finding that item that might give these families an answer. we felt the power of this
amazing military vehicle. we were almost skimming the surface of the sea, but what really was remarkable was the sense of hope among all of the crew members. there were nine people aboard and there was this feeling that maybe this was the answer. and you really felt it, anderson, that the people going up in these search planes, they want to bring it back. they want to end that. >> kyung lah, thank you very much. i want to bring in commander william marks of the u.s. navy's 7th fleet. the weather conditions seem to be better today. how has the search gone in this new area? >> much better today. today is our new day here, it's in the morning, so we're getting our assignments from the australians. what a great report i just heard. a tough act to follow there with the emotion and the feeling of hope with the air crew. i have flown on the poseidon.
such an amazing aircraft in terms of search capability and technology on there. but i do want to mention the -- this area is much better for the search effort. one, it's just so much closer, so instead of spending 2/3 of the flight time just in transit, now you can get to the search area much more quickly. yesterday we had over four hours of search time compared to 3 or 3 1/2 previously. so more search time in the area. better weather. previously, some of the flights had to be canceled because of the weather. so much better weather. then the third thing -- go ahead. >> go ahead, commander.
>> well, our oceanographers, the navy has some of the best oceanographers in the world that are working with some of the people at the space center. and the critical part, if we do find debris, is this reverse plot, the reverse engineering of the wind to get the starting point. that's really what is critical. finding the debris in and of itself is okay, but it's working backwards to that starting point and this area will be hopefully much better for that. >> i asked you yesterday based on questions we received about bringing in an aircraft carrier that planes could take off from. the p-8 poseidons are based on land, they don't fly off ships. but if debris is starting to be found, has any thought been given to bringing any platforms that helicopters could go off
of, any u.s. naval vessels to aid in searching? >> i should mention this is a coordinated international effort. everything we've done has been by request. so at first, even when we sent our first ship in, our first helicopters, that was all by request of the malaysian government. so the u.s. navy, part of our role is to support all the nations in this region. if we're requested, we'll certainly look at those options. >> commander marks, i appreciate your time and appreciate all your efforts. i want to bring in our panel that will be with us throughout the evening. david soucie, richard quest, meteorologist chad myers, former department of transportation inspector general mary schiavo,
currently represents accident victims and their families. and also private pilot miles o'brien. david soucie, the fact that basically i think five or six out of the ten planes searching has spotted some items in the water. what does that tell you? >> it makes me cautiously optimistic. hopefully the shipping out there is more encouraging, because they'll be able to see what it truly is. >> richard, you think this debris area seems more promising? >> yes, because you're looking for not just one piece but several pieces. and when we were on -- when we were talking last night, even while the australians were announcing the change in the zone, they said four planes were already overhead and five of them have found objects today. we thought the thai 300 and the japan 10 pieces, so you're right to have optimism or you're
justified in having optimism provided you're in the right place. >> but the fact that these were spotted by planes as opposed to satellites, which take days to reposition, which take days to analyze, there weren't any objects spotted by planes in the old search area. >> there was two items spotted one day, but nothing more than that. it's still a vast area, but they are quite confident. if you listen to what the new zealand forces said, they are quite confident that at least they're getting closer. >> miles, it's certainly an easier search area, as you heard from commander marks in terms of distance and time they're able to spend over that area. >> the closer you are, the more time that the aircraft can spend on station actually flying grids and doing their work. so that's a good thing. it's also perhaps because of its proximity to land, it appears
that the sea state there is a little better. so all those things are good. and we should be reasonably optimistic. but we have been down several dark alleys before. >> chad, let's talk about that sea scape. do we know much about the currents in this region? i know it's a deep area, but there was some question were they looking for an entry point or debris? any sense of how long debris would be floating around in this area? >> this is the most opportune place that this search could happen, if in fact they do find something. there is a black hole of very little motion in this area. we were talking about a half a mile to a mile per hour in the areas down south, in the roaring 40s. these are up into the 35 degree latitude and things don't go very fast or very far. >> are those currents, those neon color things? >> absolutely. live currents spinning in each
direction. these streamlines will show us what little pleases of debris, what little plankton would be doing here in the ocean. all part of that gyre that we talked about last week where if you think about the indian ocean, there's a vast area where the water, the current generally goes to the west, the south, the east and the north. right through the middle is the garbage pile. i think that's why we've found so much stuff, because this just sits there and spins around for years and years and years. >> mary, last night when we talked, there was a sense that we're going back to square one. that seems to have changed just in the last 12 hours as a lot of -- five different planes have spotted objects. >> that's right. i don't look at it as going back to square one as just being open and receptive and accepting of
new information. they said they conferred with the ntsb, faa, boeing and others and found better coordinates. that's what a good investigation has to do. if your data is bad, you have to be willing to throw it out, along with your preconceived notions, particularly if you have data that you were hanging on to. you have to be willing to throw that out. i think it is signs of a healthy investigation, that they said we have better data, time to change the coordinates. >> miles, we're getting pictures from the aircraft. we saw that rectangular object spotted. >> i don't know the scale, is that the size of a lottery ticket or a refrigerator door?
obviously, this is something you want to pick up and see what it is. >> david soucie, do you see anything there? >> the only thing, and again like miles said, without scale, it's impossible to determine what it is. it could be landing gear door, but it would also have some aerodynamics. >> the idea -- i mean, how much time has been lost here? i don't want to sound critical, because everybody has been trying to do their best with limited information. but have the last five, six days searching that other been a waste? >> i don't think it's a waste, as mary pointed out. it shows to me there's a healthy thing going on in this investigation, the ability to look at what you've done, which have better information and move forward. that is a healthy sign of this investigation and every investigation, you have setbacks, you have advances.
it's just a matter of trying to balance those out, stay calm and evaluate each piece of data. >> it does seem that the fact that it's planes spotting this, they'll have a much better opportunity to get a ship there in time to find whatever the stuff floating around is, rather than a 4-day-old satellite image. >> no question. >> we're looking at at least getting some ships to those objects. >> the plane spots it, drops a buoy with a transmitter. the ship arrives, if it's still there, picks it up. we were listening earlier to the commander talking about the process. what's going to be interesting now tonight, the australians have made it clear. this is a little bit of politics, a little bit of geopolitical strategy here. the australians have made it clear that any debris or any objects picked up must be returned to western australia.
if the chinese pick something up, if the u.s. picks something up, they have been tasked by malaysia, they have primacy. it must be returned to western australia. and then the process of how that will be announced will be sorted through. >> a lot to watch for, even tonight and throughout the weekend. a lot more developments to get to in this hour. coming up next, we want to dig deeper where the new and old search areas could both contain wreckage of an aircraft. also, the sonar pingers. we'll show you what they sound like and have a then administration of how they work. we'll be right back. hey there, i just got my bill, and i see that it includes my fico® credit score.
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welcome back. breaking news tonight, ships zeroing in on that new search area after five out of ten aircraft spotted what appeared to be objects floating in the water there. this raises all the normal questions we've been asking, first of all, is it real? second, can it be recovered? and third, can it be identified as coming from the missing 777. there's another question, as well. do these new sightings totally invalidate all those other ones back in the old search areas some 700 miles away? australian authorities seemed to say so. malaysian authorities have a different explanation. tom foreman joins us tonight with a closer examination of a whole range of possibilities. tom? tom, this new debris you found in a new search area, is it possible it's part of the same debris from the old search area? >> well, let's take a look at the possibilities here, because
the numbers don't look very good. if you look at the overall picture here, and you think about where the satellite debris was that we were talking about yesterday, that's down here, this very turbulent area if you lock at all the currents going here. the new debris is up there about 700 miles away. a normal drift rate might be a half mile per hour. that doesn't get you there in six days. a high drift rate might be 2, 3, might be 4 miles per hour. unlikely that will be consistent, so that doesn't get you there. so you need some sustained 4 to 5-mile-an-hour drift. in all likelihood what they're finding up there has nothing to do with what they found down here. could they be from the same source? yeah, they could, but that's a whole different question. >> they don't put much import into the objects they were looking at before, because
they've devoted resources to this new search area. even if they determined that these new things that they picked up in the new search area that they picked up in some photographs as part of the plane, that doesn't tell them where the rest of the plane is, correct? >> no, it doesn't help them at all in part because of time and space. there has been a lot of time since this thing disappeared, and we're talking about a lot of space. let me bring it in and talk about this. if you were to grid off this area as they did for searches like this, you're talking about narrowing this down. they've been trying to tighten this town. we're talking about narrowing this down to a single point in a quite immense area. once you narrowed it down to that single point and you think about all the possibilities of where this could have come from then you have a real problem, because you have 20 or more days of drifting and we have no idea how all those competing currents
would push this thing around in that period of time. frankly, i have doubts as to whether or not you can come up with an algarhythm that explains where this originated. >> thanks, tom. >> if these latest sightings do pap off and if the sonar pingers do still work, they're going to be listening for this. let's listen in.np off and if t pingers do still work, they're going to be listening for this. let's listen in. off and if thes do still work, they're going to be listening for this. let's listen in. that is the sound of a sonar pinger. you're looking at the shape the pinging makes own sonar screens. we've been talking about the black boxes and pingers and how they're activated. tonight we have a demonstration with david soucie and david gallo.
david soucie, how does this work? explain what you have here. >> we have a duchesne tester, and inside we have -- that's the pinger. $750 unit. doesn't look very dramatic. >> and that would believe in the so-called black box? >> yes. so there's two of them in here. every 1,000 hours, this is removed and rebolted back in and replaced. so what we have is the pinger includes the battery and the signal transdeucer. so if you look at this end, i don't know if you can see that, but there's a plastic lip that separates the case, which is the grounded area, from this little electrode in the middle. >> what happens when you put it in the water? >> what we have here is a tester. it's 37.5 killohertz. we have this device here, which i'll tune in. there's a bunch of different
frequencies we can pick. we'll put it in some water. as soon as it's in the water -- >> it starts making the sound. >> that's all it is. it just has to connect that little plastic area, just the connectivity between the two pieces of metal. >> you're saying the sensor on the pinger is essentially a microphone? >> yeah, it's basically a microphone. it's listening for a pulse of that frequency in the bottom of the ocean, which is very distinctive. it's hearing it and it has controls and things like that. >> david gallo, the depth and the terrain in this new search area, what's it like? what have you been able to figure out about it? >> when you first asked me that last night, i thought it was very similar to the terrain we had been looking at in the first
search area. but i looked at it later on and it straddles a feature called broken ridge. it is a fairly sing terrain. the topography goes from 600 meters of depth to 6,000 meters of depth. >> so that could have an impact on finding the plane and the pinger on the black boxes. >> absolutely. any hill or valley can going to do things with sound to make it tricky to hear that pinger. >> and there's questions about were the batteries stored, et cetera. >> i have the box that says replace beacon by -- caution, store in cool, dry place.
as we were talking about the other night on this program -- >> you talked to an auditor who found they weren't stored correctly. >> i did. i talked to a mechanic that found these pingers had been stored in a 120 degree room with high humidity and high temperatures. the battery life would have put it about half as long as it normally be if one of these was put on the aircraft. >> david gallo, are you optimistic they'll find the black box? >> given the right time, the will to find them, the support of the governments involved and the families and what not, sure. they're there someplace. it's just a matter of mapping that bottom with an incredible degree of precision and they'll
find the black boxes. >> it's going to take a lot of time. air france took two years. >> it took two years calendar time but only about ten weeks all together of two different phases of being out at sea. >> due to weather conditions -- >> weather conditions, there was the politics and the business of getting permission to go back out there and having the support of the bea and the french and brazilian government to get back out there. >> david gallo, appreciate you being on. david soucie, as well. up next, we'll take a closer look at this new analysis of the data that suggests the plane was going much faster before it drops off radar and what that might mean. and for three weeks, families of the people on board have been asking what happened to their loved ones. i'll speak with a grief counselor and the latest on the landslide in washington.
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at least one ship has arrived in the new search zone looking for any wreckage of flight 370. australian authorities say the latest analysis suggests that the plane was flying faster than previously thought and burned more fuel than was initially estimated. that's why they brought it to the new search area. martin savidge joins me live. martin, the map that the
australians released last night says that the plane would have been traveling 400 knots an hour to get to the new search area. what does that tell us, if anything, about the altitude the plane was flying? >> reporter: we're still not clear on that particular one. for instance, 400 knots sounds like a lot of speed, but it's not as fast as what this aircraft could typically fly when it was cruising at 35,000 feet. for instance, right now, we're doing 478 knots. so it was going slower than it actually would normally do. the question is, where was it in altitude? we know after it turned and dropped off radar, it went down to we believe 12,000 feet. so if you're doing 400 knots at 1200 feet, naturally that is going to be a lot different, a lot more fuel burned than if you're up at altitude. >> you're going to increase your fuel burn between 40% and 50% at that altitude.
> reporter: so we know this search area has been pushed back by about 700 miles to the northeast. does this seem to fit with an aircraft doing 400 knots at what altitude? >> it does make sense, but to get a definite answer, we would have to know the conditions that were existing at that time. >> reporter: the short answer is, we've run it through a lot of scenarios. and yes, it could be done if the conditions were right. we still don't know things like head winds, altitude, and how much fuel they had to begin with. >> i think you said 1200 feet, we're talking about 12,000 feet. richard, do we still know -- we don't know whether or not the plane was under human control or autopilot. if there was a change in altitude, it would seem to indicate human control. >> that is crucial to this whole understanding. we don't know whether first of all there was that altitude
change at the beginning of the flight after the turn. we've never known it. there have been reports it went from 45,000 to 20,000, but we've never had it confirmed. the interesting thing we're looking at what mitchell and marty are doing there, this question of the -- guys, this question of them now saying they believe it was going faster in the first part of the flight from the south china sea to the strait of malacca because that would -- we really do need to know what the altitude would be, because at 12,000, the maximum speed would be lower. >> reporter: right, exactly. it would be dramatically different. altitude is essential for this part of the equation, and we just don't some to have that. >> miles, you seem to be reacting. what do you want to say? >> a couple of thoughts i would like to put in the mix here. first of all, the idea that it
was going faster initially, that could dove tail with this notion of a high dive. if they were going down quickly, they might have gone beyond red line, who knows? we have very sketchy information on altitude. just for the sake of this discussion, let's say they did a high dive because of rapid decompression. they selected for altitude and speed, the speed being the red line speed for 12,000 feet, red line being the maximum you want to go, which is what you would want to do in an emergency. that would be about 400 knots true air speed, okay? so assume for a moment that that stayed in place, they became incapacitated and off they went until fuel starvation. i run the winds at 12,000 feet. basically, it was an east-to-west cross wind. it would have blown the plane to the west but no appreciable difference on the range.
so basically, 400 knots is as fast as the aerodynamic frame is designed to go at 12,000 feet. why they are just not realizing this, we talked about this a week ago. i'm a little mystified. but they have the radar data now, and they're sharing information. a lot of this is sensitive stuff, i get all that. but that's why we have a sear thatch is much shorter -- far shorter than before. >> question for miles or mitchell. at 12,000 feet, at 400 knots, flying for six hours, do you get the range that puts it where it is now, miles? >> just back of the envelope stuff that we have, and this is -- we're making some assumptions how much fuel they loaded on. but coincidentally, the distance between kuala lumpur and beijing and kuala lumpur and perth is almost the same. so if you factor in the fuel
load would have been to beijing, plus an alternate, plus 45 minutes. to that whole bit where they went out and turned around, let's say that wipes out your reserves. so basically, perth or north, a line from perth or north is where it would end because of the similarities in range. >> it's an interesting -- again, these are the scenarios investigators are looking at. up next, frustrated family members walking out of a briefing in beijing. i'll speak with a brief counselor to find out how they are doing now. also ahead, a live update from washington state where rain and wind are complicating the search and rescue efforts after a devastating deadly landslide. our clients need a lot of attention. there's unlimited talk and text. we're working deals all day. you get 10 gigabytes of data to share. what about expansion potential? add a line, anytime, for $15 a month. low dues, great terms.
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for the family members of the people on board flight 370, it's obviously been another week of anger and frustration and grief. at a briefing with malaysian authorities in beijing, hundreds of members staged a walkout. and they accused officials of concealing information. the families want answers and tangible proof of what happened to their loved ones. people talk about closure, but there is no such thing when it comes to the death of someone you love. in this situation where the story has changed so often and there's still no wreckage that's been pulled from the water, the concept of closure seems more elusive. without that evidence and with
the most basic of questions still unanswered, it's hard to wrap your brain around how difficult this has been for the families. dr. paul yen joins me live from beijing. a very strong statement from the families in beijing today. you've been working with a number of them, counseling them. how have they taken this shift in the search area? are they paying attention to every detail in this ever-changing investigation? >> well, i think we have to consider the families as different groups. first of all, the people that we have been working with, those families, for the most part they have been blocking out information. basically they're starting their healing process and the only information they want is when they find the wreckage. other than that, they're trying to slowly return to a normal life, if you will. but for the other families, psychologically, when a person
is in a psychological state for a prolonged period of time, usually when new information come in, they try to fit the information with the emotion that they have rather than the other way around. so if they're angry, just about any piece of information would likely to be processed in some way to confirm or reenforce their existing emotional state. that's the case with some of the families that you talk about who walked out of the press conference. >> i know some of the families wrote a letter to beijing's special envoy and some of the language they used was very strong, describing malaysian authority's behavior as irresponsible and said it was inhumane. do the majority of families feel this way about malaysia's response? >> i have not seen the majority of the families, so i can only speak about three groups. one is the family that we started working with before the
announcement from the malaysian government. and those people, for the most part, are starting their healing process and they are being minimally influnlsed by the new information. then there are the people we started working on after the announcement. these people are slightly more volatile. but when the new information comes in, we will talk to them and they're able to process it better. then there's the third group we haven't been able to reach out to. we're trying to reach as many families as possible with limited success. they are the group that seems to be getting on the television that we are seeing right now. so as far as what is the percentage of the people that they represent, no, i do not have a calculation. but i'm hoping that more and more people will be able to start their healing process as
soon as possible. >> paul, i appreciate all your efforts. thank you very much for talking with us tonight. up next, we'll take you to washington state where search teams, it's so hard to imagine what it's like for these search teams. they are digging a handful of dirt at a time in hopes of finding survivors as the death toll is still expected to rise. this beautiful little girl was a victim of the landslide with her grandmother. her mother natasha remembers them and explains how she's able to go on, next.
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the death toll in seattle stands at 17, but that number will likely change very much. tomorrow, lit be a full week since the landslide happened. rescue efforts happen. gary tuchman joins me live with the latest. gary? >> reporter: very likely that death toll will be raised tonight, this evening, they will announce a higher number. there are still 90 people who are considered officially missing. this is a very small community, but there are so many sad stories. natasha is now staying at a friend's home, after she lost her 4-month-old daughter and her
mother in the washington state landslide. your first child? >> yep. >> reporter: and your mom? >> first grand baby. >> reporter: this is her baby, and natasha's mother, christina. and this is video of the two of them with natasha's stepfather. this past saturday, natasha went to yoga. her mother was babysitting in her home when the landslide hit. when did you find out that your mother and daughter were missing? >> when they started to talk about there were houses in the road and there was nothing left. >> reporter: her mother's body was found almost right away. the baby's found was found five days later. she was put in natasha's arms. >> when i went up there and i got to hold her and i dropped a
couple of tears, because i was so excited we found her. all i could do is grin because we found my baby. it might not be the best time to smile or laugh, but holding the baby out there, it was just perfect. i'm coping because of my mom, the way that she told me to stand up and be strong for myself and told me to -- showed me, not told me, showed me after spending 26 years of showing me how to walk tall and proud and search and try hard in love and be loving and be kind,. >> reporter: i think you're an amazing woman. >> thank you. >> reporter: we give you our condolences and we're so sorry for you. >> thank you. part of the reason i'm able to stand up here so tall and proud
is there's people supporting me. people i don't know right now searching for other people. >> reporter: what do you do next? >> go and help the people that helped me. because i don't know how else to return that favor. because it means so much. i would spend the rest of my life up there shoveling mud if it helped someone else, because they helped me. >> gary, it's -- this is just beyond words. to say her strength is extraordinary sounds so small given the strength that she's showing. i mean, it seems like she wants -- it helps her to share memories of her mom, of her child. >> reporter: it definitely does. it also helps that she does have a father and a stepfather and grandparents and she's also very spiritual. she told me, anderson, that her
daughter's name in hawaiian means mist of the mountain. and she said it meant to a lot in a spiritual way that when the body of her daughter was given to her yesterday, after her body was found, she was standing by the mountain and she was standing in a mist with her daughter. >> that's unbelievable. gary, thank you for that report. appreciate it. up next, more on the weather conditions on the search for flight 370. we'll be right back.
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let's get the latest of the conditions in the new search zone in the indian ocean where crews are looking for any sign of flight 370. chad myers joins me now live. how are things out there? >> not as good as yesterday. not bad. we're still 10 to 15 miles per hour. but yesterday it was absolutely like glass. couldn't get a better day. clear skies, sunshine, great visibility for the satellites, too. we haven't mentioned that. i know we've mentioned all about how the planes did great. but the satellites had all good passes in this clear sky that they had right over the new search site. so yes, it will be windy. but mainly south of the site now. we have a significant weather event going on to the south through here for today and then through tomorrow. but still only about 10 to 20 miles per hour for winds. that will whip up the seas a little bit. but we're not talking about a sea state where you can't search. there will be some clouds, some lower clouds. those lower clouds won't allow the planes to fly as high. but as we heard today from kyung lah, they were right down at the surface of the water any way trying to find what this stuff
looked like, what it was. when they find something they have to get down low. that's how they do it. some big storms still in the mix. these are the roaring 40s. we talk about them. but these are the screaming 60s. good thing we're not looking down there base winds are 60 to 70 miles per hour day after day because now we're getting into the fall season. even though the water is warm, big storms are developing. just like big storms develop in our spring or winter or fall, they're getting them down here as well, anderson. >> chad, appreciate that update. thanks. brianna keilar has a 360 bulletin. according to the white house russian president vladimir putin called president obama today and the two agreed their diplomats should meet soon to discuss a possible solution to the crisis in ukraine. the white house says that's only possible if russia pulls back troops gathered on the border with ukraine. u.s. officials estimate 40,000 russian troops are on the border with another 45,000 either already in crimea or poised to go in if needed. and an alidged ms-13 gang member
was nabbed by the fbi just one day after he was put on its most wanted list. juan elias garcia is accused of killing a new york mother and her toddler four years ago. he surrendered at the u.s. embassy in nicaragua. attorney general eric holder says the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in michigan last saturday before an appeals court put the unions on hold. holder's actions allowed those couples to be eligible for federal benefits. anderson, i am wondering if you know this weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "jeopardy." >> i do know that. >> because you've competed on it several times. >> i love jeopardy. >> you were i think a jeopardy champion, right? >> twice. and then i got crushed by cheech marin. >> that's right. well, the quiz show debuted in 1964 with host art fleming. alex trebek who i think you were very excited to meet at the helm, has been for 30 years. i do have to say, you may have lost to cheech that one time, but i loved how you won that question of what is a bong.
do you remember that? >> i don't remember that. >> you beat him on that. he missed it. how did he do that? i think it says more about him. >> okay, brianna, thanks very much. that's it this is "piers morgan live" tonight breaking news we're standing by. the government is standing by. the families are standing by waiting for what could be an answer to the mystery of flight 370. any moment now ship could pick up this object and others like it floating in the ocean. it is not a day's old image captured by satellite. it this was spotted from the air by search planes. and very soon we could find out exactly what it is. is this a sign that finally the search is in the right place? we're following every clue for three weeks. we still have far more questions than answers. the only thing indisputable is the human toll of the mystery has has become a worldwide obsession. i'm talk to the son of one of the passengers. we'll talk to two friends of the pilot. they say the man they knewld